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Hagerstown teen pleads guilty to conspiracy to commit robbery

July 09, 2012|By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY — A Hagerstown teenager accused of taking part in a February home-invasion robbery pleaded guilty Monday in Washington County Circuit Court to conspiracy to commit robbery.

Circuit Judge M. Kenneth Long Jr. delayed sentencing for Malik Anwar Scott, 17, of 51 Avalon Ave., until a presentence report is prepared. Long also revoked Scott’s bond.

The state is seeking an 18-month sentence in the Washington County Detention Center, defense attorney Mary Drawbaugh told Long. Scott is also supposed to testify truthfully if called upon by the state in the cases of his co-defendants.

In exchange for his plea, other charges — including armed robbery, robbery, first- and second-degree assault, use of a firearm in a crime of violence and theft — were dismissed, court records show.

On Feb. 10, Hagerstown Police went to Antietam Academy to speak with a male who told them four males entered his home in the 700 block of West Church Street the previous afternoon, according to the application for statement of charges.

That male told officers he knew the person who knocked on the door as “DJ,” a student from Antietam Academy, the charging document said. When he opened the door, DJ and three others rushed into the house, the document said.

DJ later was identified as a 14-year-old boy, the charging document said.

One of the males pulled a handgun from his sweat shirt, pushed the barrel into the victim’s stomach and ordered him to sit down, the charging document said. That male asked the victim, “Who is messing with my little cousin?” the document said.

A third male walked up to the victim, removed his mask, pulled a handgun from his waistband and put it to the victim’s head, Detective Charles Coy testified during Scott’s preliminary hearing earlier this year.

The victim told investigators one intruder had a cross tattoo on his face, Coy testified then.

The victim picked Scott from a photo lineup, although the picture used was taken before Scott got a tattoo on his face, Coy testified at the preliminary hearing.

Reading from the statement of facts Monday, Assistant State’s Attorney Michele Hansen said one of the intruders handed Scott a laptop computer from the victim’s house and they left.

Scott was stabbed Oct. 6, 2011, in Hagerstown. Colin Wesley Williams, 19, of Hagerstown later pleaded guilty to second-degree assault in that case.

Williams was shot Oct. 17, 2011, by Dennis S. Marshall Jr., 18, of Hagerstown, who pleaded guilty last week to second-degree attempted murder in that case. Marshall is awaiting sentencing.

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